Robert Simpson, AAGO, ChM, SMM, is Organist-Choirmaster at historic Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), Houston, Texas and Founder and Artistic Director of the Houston Chamber Choir, Houston’s only professional concert choir. He also serves on the faculty of The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University as Lecturer in Church Music.
Mary Greitzer joined the Composition & Theory Department in 2013. Her research and teaching interests include ear training and music theory pedagogy; post-tonal music; avant garde, experimental and fringe art; and gender and sexuality. She holds a BM in violin from the Eastman School of Music, an MM in theory from New England Conservatory, and a PhD in theory from Harvard University, where she studied with David Lewin, David Cohen, Chris Hasty, and Alex Rehding.
Rick Erickson is the Director of the Bach Society Houston and Cantor at Christ the King and also Lecturer in Church Music at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
Prior to coming to Houston, Rick served for 22 years as Cantor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York, where he directed the Bach Vespers series. Prior to that, he served as Director of Music at Incarnate Word Church in Rochester, NY.
Rachel Buchman is a native New Yorker. Her performance career has brought her to stages and diverse venues throughout the United States, Europe and Israel, from New York’s Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival to La Mama Experimental Theatre, to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; from Jones Hall to Infernal Bridegroom in Houston, from the barn loft to the concert stage on Orcas Island.
A native of Dallas, a young George Baker won the American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Playing in 1970 (at age nineteen) and created a sensation in the organ world with his subsequent featured recital for that organization’s national convention two years later. He then went to Paris to study organ and improvisation as well as to record. He returned to America to teach organ, then entered medical school. Almost four decades later he has come full circle, returning to music as a performer, improviser, composer and teacher.
Clarinetist Michael Webster is Professor of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and Artistic Director of the Houston Youth Symphony, which has won 12 national awards between 2008 and 2013 and appeared on the nationally distributed NPR program, “From the Top” in Sept. 2012. Described by the Boston Globe as “a virtuoso of burgeoning prominence,” Webster has collaborated with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Tokyo, Cleveland, Muir, Ying, Leontóvych, Dover, and Chester String Quartets and artists such as Yo Yo Ma and Joshua Bell among many others.
Janet Rarick has enjoyed a diverse career as an oboist/performer and educator that has traversed the worlds of symphony, opera, ballet and chamber music, as well as early childhood music classes and advanced university education.
Thomas LeGrand is the Associate Principal and Eb Clarinetist of the Houston Symphony. He served as Acting Principal Clarinet for the 2013-14 season. He has appeared as soloist with the symphony in concertos of Debussy, Weber, Rossini, Copland, Mozart, and the Martin Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments. Recently, he performed as recorder soloist in the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in the Houston Symphony ‘Bach vs.